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jars of instant pot pumpkin puree and a pumpkin

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

Make your own pumpkin puree in the instant pot and you will never buy store-bought again!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
rest time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous
Cost: $3


  • Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker
  • metal trivet
  • blender, food processor or hand blender


  • 1 2 pounds sugar pumpkin
  • 1 cup water


  • Clean the outside of the pumpkin and remove the stem. Add the metal trivet to the bottom of the instant pot and then pour in 1 cup of water.
    6 qt Instant Pot, metal trivet and sugar pumpkin
  • Close the lid and the steam vent and cook on Pressure Cook HIGH for 12 minutes. After the pressure cooking process has finished, allow the steam to naturally release for 12 minutes and then carefully release the rest manually.
    pumpkin in instant pot after cooking
  • Allow the pumpkin to cool enough to handle. Remove it from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board. Remove all of the skin with a knife. The skin will fall off with a little prompting from a knife (I used a butter knife and a regular knife and they both worked).
    cooked pumpkin with skin removed
  • Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and stringy pulp with a spoon (save the seeds for roasted pumpkin seeds if desired). Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces.
    cooked pumpkin cut in half
  • Place the pumpkin pieces in a blender or food processor (you can also use a hand blender in the instant Pot insert if you own one). Blend the cooked pumpkin pieces until nice and smooth.
    cooked pumpkin blended in a blender
  • Pour the pumpkin puree into a sealable container like a mason jar or plastic tub. The pumpkin puree will last in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for 6 months.
    pumpkin puree in a jar next to a pumpkin


  • My 2 lb. pumpkin barely fit in my 6 qt. Instant Pot so I turned the metal trivet upside down. This ensured the pumpkin wasn't resting on the bottom directly and fit perfectly. 
  • If your pumpkin is too big or you have more than one, you can cut it into pieces before cooking. I have also done it this way and it worked out great!
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.